AP-IL--Illinois Weekend Digest, IL
AP-Illinois stories for the weekend of June 16-17. Members using Exchange stories should retain the bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact the AP-Illinois desk in Chicago at 312-781-0500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARION, Ill. — Bill Henson said he sees the ghost of his father in a lot of places — in books, on television and even on the internet. This is because his father, William Henson, served as a staff sergeant in one of the most iconic Army groups that served in World War II — the 4th Infantry Division, 8th Battalion. Henson’s father served in what could be considered the greatest hits of battles during the war — he was in the first wave to land on Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day, he was there the day after the Dachau concentration camp was liberated, and was even present for the Battle of the Bulge. However, it was William Henson’s part in the July 25, 1944, Operation Cobra in St. Lo, France that comes up over and over. By Isaac Smith, The Southern Illinoisan. SENT: 1,300 words.
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Blessed with health, good jobs, lots of energy, the experience of seeing their six daughters grow into happy, productive adults, and the desire to do something to make the world a little better, Bob and MaryAnn Ogilvie of Schaumburg jumped into a second parenthood in their 50s by adopting an adorable little boy from China in 2005. “Every time I go to bed, my parents repeat the story,” says David, now 20. “A long time ago in a far-off land .” After that, well, the story veers off in directions no one could have predicted, with many challenges that continue today. By Burt Constable, Daily Herald. SENT: 1,000 words.
PEORIA, Ill. — After almost 90 years, the South Side Business Club will end in bittersweet irony. The club, formed to bolster commercial and community interests in what once was the core of the city, will disband to make one final contribution to Peoria. In shutting down, the club will distribute $16,000 to agencies and charities at work in South Peoria. Further, the club will provide seed money to create a park dedicated to victims of violence. Pierre Serafin, the club’s secretary-treasurer, “It’s the end of an era.” By Phil Luciano, Journal Star. SENT: 880 words.
WEST FRANKFORT, Ill. — Tim Morthland promised economic revitalization for Franklin County and Southern Illinois by opening Morthland College and its family of businesses — a research park that would produce energy drinks, a music conservatory, phone screen repair, even a cafe on top of a proposed hospital, and a four-year private college based on Christian values. There would be a sports complex and health clinics, and there would be jobs for miles coupled with a huge economic stimulation from increased tax revenue. Ceremonies and news conferences were held, buildings were donated, deals were made, and gifts were given. However, through a series of missteps, the intricate weave of Morthland College and its guilds began to unravel in 2016. By Issac Smith, The Southern Illinoisan.